This 4th of July let us begin to acknowledge and confront that our apathy and blind ignorance has become like shackles on us all. No longer can we turn a blind eye to the travesty this is happening in our names. We light sparklers, and go watch fireworks burst like “bombs” in the air while we sit back in awe sipping our kool-aid and waving our flags. Mean while “bombs bursting in air” rain down death and destruction on the other side of the world. “Our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge, and retribution will not limp in catching up with us.”
“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.” — John (Fire) Lame Deer, Sioux Lakota, 1903-1976.